> A baker before the city became the jihadists' stronghold, now he's imprisoned.
Iraqi Kurdish soldiers raided his hideout west of Mosul, Islamic State fighter Walid Ismail chose to surrender, the 20-year-old pleading he wasn't a suicide bomber.>>
>> We love them because they relieved us from the oppression of the Shiites who branded all the Sunnis as terrorists. We love them because they rid us of them. Reuters was allowed exclusive access to Ismail and another fighter, Hassan Saleh. Both said mistreatment of Mosul's Sunni population by the Shiite-led government bolstered Islamic State.
But Saleh said he had no choice, even after his wife begged him not to join.>> Islamic State closed my shop. They hurt me. There was a lack of work and poverty, so most people joined because of that. They threatened to make my 14-year-old son wage holy war.
>> We can't verify their histories. Each man said they became disillusioned with the militants' brutality, but feared speaking out against them. Today, their city's under siege. And its largely Sunni population, anxious about the road ahead.